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Greer Creek Falls

With winter just around the corner it is time to squeeze in the last couple of hikes before we succumb to the cold and snow that greets us this time of year.

With winter just around the corner it is time to squeeze in the last couple of hikes before we succumb to the cold and snow that greets us this time of year. Snow has been creeping down the mountains making some of our higher elevation trails look a little wintry. Do not let the early white stuff stop you from hiking as it can accentuate some of our regions unique features. A good example of this is Greer Creek Falls. This easily accessible hike to the base of a waterfall is transformed into a winter wonderland when the temperature drops below zero or a skiff of snow falls.

Directions

Drive to the town of Vanderhoof on Highway 16, and turn south onto the Kenney Dam Road, 400 m past the only set of traffic lights in town. Drive 26.2 km to the junction with the Kluskus Forest Road. The first 10.0 km is paved while the remaining 16.2 km is well maintained gravel. Turn left onto the Kluskus Forest Road and drive 19.0 km to the trailhead. The trailhead is at the 37.5 km mileage marker on the Kluskus Road. The parking lot is located in a pull out on the right side of the Kluskus Forest Road. There is a sign and trail markers on the west side of the parking lot.

Trail Description

The trail heads in a southwesterly direction from the parking lot. It is well marked with orange markers visible the entire length of the trail. It starts out winding through a young juvenile spaced pine stand. The trail then enters a mature pine and spruce forest while descending gradually to a bridge over Greer Creek. It is 1.4 km to the bridge.

The trail makes a left turn and follows Greer Creek upstream to the falls which are a further 150 m. There is an outhouse, picnic table and fire pit situated at the base of the falls. The falls drop 100 ft from a plateau above. There is a trail that climbs up the slope to the top of the falls. This extra 190 m trail leads to a rock bluff viewpoint over the falls.

For more information on this hike including airphotos, maps, GPS coordinates and trail photos refer the newly released 2nd edition of Hiking North Central BC which is available at local bookstores.